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Cheapest Tesla Model S won't be available until Winter 2012

Tesla Motors has been teasing its gorgeous Model S electric sedan for well over two years now. Now the company has confirmed the official pricing for the vehicle, and is holding firm on the $49,990 price of entry after $7,500 federal tax credit.
 
As it stands now, here's how the four Model S variants will stack up (compared based on their battery capacity). All price listed include the tax credit:
 
(40 kWh)
$49,900, 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, 110 mph top speed, 160-mile range
 
(60 kWh)
$59,900, 0-60 in 5.9 seconds, 120 mph top speed, 230-mile range
 
(80 kWh)
$69,900, 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, 125 mph top speed, 300-mile range
 
(85 kWh Performance)
$79,900, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, 130 mph top speed, 300-mile range
 
All Model S sedans come standard with a 17" touchscreen, 19" wheels, and seating for up to seven passengers. Yes, you read that correctly; the Model S has seating for seven courtesy of two [optional] rear-facing jump seats in the rear cargo area.

 

Tesla Model S
 

Tesla's ordering page also lists all of the available options for the Model S including a $1,500 panoramic roof, $3,750 tech package, $1,500 active air suspension, and $1,500 rear-facing seat option.
 
The two 85 kWh variants will be made available in Summer 2012, the 60 kWh arrives in the Fall 2012, and the entry-level 40 kWh variant won't be available in the U.S. until Winter 2012 if all goes as scheduled. 


Tesla Model S jumpseats [Source: Autoblog]

Sources: Tesla Mors [Press Release], Tesla Motors [Pricing and Options]



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RE: Please....
By Rukkian on 12/21/2011 11:10:40 AM , Rating: 2
He was trying to show that paying 57.5k for the car and getting the credit is exactly the same in the end as paying 50k for the car and not getting the credit. It ends up the same, not sure what you do not understand.

I do agree on the part that this credit should not exist on 50k cars (or any cars?) as either it makes sense or it doesn't, and I have a feeling that EV car manufacturers are inflating prices since they know they can advertise that you get the credit and just basically pocketing the money from everybody's pockets that actually pay taxes.


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